Video commentary on Zechariah 7 & 8 by Dr. Bob Utley, retired Professor of Hermeneutics (Bible Interpretation). Zechariah is an example of apocalyptic literature. This genre was unique to the Jews. It was often used in tension-filled times to express the conviction that God is in control of history and would bring deliverance to His people. It was characterized by: (1) a strong sense of the universal sovereignty of God, (2) a struggle between good and evil in this age, (3) use of secret code words, (4) use of colors, (5) use of numbers; (6) use of animals, sometimes animals/humans; (7) God communicates His revelation by means of dreams or visions usually through angelic mediation and (3) primarily focuses on the future. Jerome calls Zechariah the most obscure book in the OT. Yet it is alluded to extensively in the NT: chap. 1-8 in the book of Revelation and (2) chap. 9-14 in the Gospels. These visions are difficult to interpret but if we keep the historical setting in mind they must relate to the rebuilding of the Temple in post-exilic Jerusalem. They are focusing on a new day of forgiveness and the coming of Messiah. Part of the "You Can Understand the Bible"TM series. For more of Dr. Utley's Bible study guides, and audio and video sermons and commentaries, go to www.freebiblecommentary.org.